"All the Things that Can Go Wrong On A Cruise"


The table below lists "events at sea" occurring after January 1, 2019, including cruise ship accidents.  It is based on media reports, passenger reports posted at on-line boards and discussion groups, and reports sent to Cruise Junkie.

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January 20 - Norwegian Joy, Couple check into cabin and find crew members having sex in their bed
Newsweek reports a couple from Northern Ireland claim they checked into their cabin on a cruise from Singapore to Thailand to find a crew member and a woman having sex in the bed. Bobby and Mary Jackson from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, told Scotland's  Sunday Post that they had booked onto their first ever cruise in October. When the couple embarked in Singapore’s Marina Bay, they said they quickly headed to check out their cabin—and were met with an unexpected sight. I could see the back of a man on the bed who was directly facing us and it was obvious he was in the middle of having sex with a woman,” Mary told the outlet. She said that when they complained to staff, they were told there was no alternative cabin available as the ship was fully booked. “We went back to the cabin and tried to go back in there but although the woman had left, the male was still there,” Bobby said. “Two of the ship’s crew in white uniforms eventually persuaded him to leave. He looked very sheepish.” “I asked if the crew if knew him and they told me he was a worker on the boat.” The couple said they were initially offered £100 ($128) credits towards the cost of a future cruise on the line, which was then upped to £200 ($257). The couple said they rejected both offers.  Norwegian Cruise Line told the Post it was investigating the incident, and was discussing compensation with the couple.

January 19 - Aida Perla, Pax attacked in Castries, St. Lucia
St Lucia Times reports two female visitors were attacked by two young men in Sans Souci, Castries, Saturday morning, eyewitnesses say. A report was made to the police about 10.a.m, according to reports. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an eyewitness told St Lucia Times that the incident took place near Serenity Park. The eyewitness reported hearing someone screaming and  said upon investigating, saw two young men attempting to relieve a cruise ship visitor of a camera while she and her female companion put up a struggle. The eyewitness said although the visitor who had the camera fell to the ground, the young thugs continued in their attempt to rob her. The young men are reported to have fled when passersby began heading in the direction of the commotion. St Lucia Times was informed that the woman who was attacked was badly shaken and sustained bruises. She and her companion are said to have headed back to their ship which was docked in the Castries harbour after the incident. Just this week, a couple reported being accosted and robbed in Serenity Park. Persons on social media have said that there appears to be a gang of criminals operating in the area, targeting homes and passersby.

January 19 - Carnival Splendor, Missed port call at Kona
I watched as the ship did not arrive in Kona (as planned) this morning. The reason is unknown, but the ship has been "stopped" in Honolulu since yesterday evening (it moved from one pier to another around midnight last night). Update: Spoke to a passenger when the ship was in Hilo Jan 20. He says the Captain said the ship wouldn't go to Kona because the seas were too high for tendering so they spent the day in Honolulu. Interestingly, weather conditions in Kona on the 19th had wind conditions peaking at 10 miles per hour and the seas were calmer than when NCL stopped on Wednesday (16 January).

January 18 - Celebrity Summit, Technical problems (power loss), stuck in San Juan
Cruise Law News reports several guests have notified us that the cruise ship is currently unable to leave the port in San Juan, Puerto Rico due to what the guests understand to be either a “computer glitch” or “propulsion issues.” The Summit was scheduled to leave San Juan yesterday  but has been unable to due to what the cruise lines often refer to euphemistically as “technical issues.”The Cruceros Puerto Rico twitter page (translated) refers to unspecified “mechanical” or “electrical problems in the bridge.” The website also states that the U.S. Coast Guard needs to inspect the ship before it is permitted to continue on its itinerary.

January 17 - Anthem of the Seas, No air conditioning
Cruise Law News reports a lack of functional air conditioning on much of the ship for the past week has left many guests feeling that they did not receive the cruise vacation which they paid for and which Royal Caribbean promised to them. A couple of cruise passengers contacted our office yesterday to state that the air conditioning in their cabins, as well as to others parts of the cruise ship, were not cooling adequately.  Instead of blowing at a desired temperature in the high 60’s or in the 70’s, the air conditioning was leaving their cabins hot, with temperatures ranging from the low to mid-80’s with some cabins as hot as 89 degrees.  The heat has interrupted the guests’ sleep and made their cruises unpleasant. It seems that the problem with the air conditioning began on or around Monday the 13th although there are comments posted on the Anthem of the Seas Facebook page dated earlier. Many guests with balconies opened their balcony doors but did not get much relief as the ship sailed in the Caribbean. The ship has been slow to advise the guests the nature of the problem (“it will be fixed shortly” type of response). And there have been sporadic updates regarding how the engineering department will try to solve the widespread problem. Not all decks seem to be affected with many complaints focusing on the cabins on decks 10 and 11 as well as public areas on the ship.

January 16 - Ship unnamed (RCI), Pax jumps overboard in port to show off to friends
Fox 13 reports a Washington man says he "did not think this through" before he jumped off the side of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Nassau, Bahamas.  Now, Nick Naydev is banned from the cruise line for life and says he had to find his own way home from the island. Naydev said he jumped from the eleventh floor, which he estimated was about 100 feet up from the ocean. "I am truly astonished at how this video has spread throughout the internet. I did not think this through before I jumped. My idea was this would be a good laugh for my friends and I would just swim back to shore and continue my vacation and never thought this would be this serious," Naydev said in a statement to FOX 13. In the video, Naydev's friends have gathered around as he climbs up the railing of the balcony. He looks at his friend who is holding the camera and then leaps.

January 16 - Carnival Sunshine, Lawsuit over Severe List
Miami Herald reports three passengers who say they were injured when the ship listed just after leaving Port Canaveral last October are suing the cruise line. According to the lawsuit, and to Carnival’s statement to passengers, the ship listed because its fin stabilizers malfunctioned. In their lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District for the Southern District of Florida, the three suing passengers said the company did not train the crew about how best to maintain the stabilizers, which are used to prevent rocky movements as the ship sails.

January 11 - Harmony OTS, Suicide/Fall
Cruise Law News reports a passenger has reportedly died after falling from a balcony earlier today. This evening we received an email which stated that between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today, there was a suicide/accident on Harmony of the Seas; someone fell/jumped from a balcony and died. The passenger is apparently a teenage, according to a guest on the ship. One passenger stated on Twitter that the guest was allegedly 16 years old and died after hitting the “pavement.”  Another passenger posted on Twitter that the person struck the “concrete dock.”The ship is currently on a week-long cruise to the Caribbean. It left Fort Lauderdale on January 6th and was scheduled to stop in Labadee, today from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this evening. It is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, January 13th. Pix11 reports the 16 year old apparently didn’t have his room card, attempted to enter his eighth-floor room from an adjacent balcony, but lost his footing and fell.

January 10 - Oasis OTS, Illness Outbreak
WESH reports officials with Royal Caribbean reported that there 167 cases of a stomach virus on board the Oasis of the Seas. The seven-night cruise departed from Port Canaveral on Sunday and returns this weekend. The 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness represent 2 percent of the 8,454 guests and crew on board. Passengers were apparently not allowed to disembark in Falmouth. Cruise Law News reports the port call at Cozumel has been canceled and the ship will return to Port Canaveral early. CDC reports the numbers ill as 266 of 6285 passengers (4.23%) and 11 of 2169 crew (0.51%). Update Jan 12: CDC reports 561 passengers and 31 crew have reported ill.

January 8 - Norwegian Epic, Drug bust (pax)
Fox35Orlando reports 20 people were arrested on Saturday as they were boarding the ship for an annual music festival.  The event is called Holy Ship and is designed for fans of electronic dance music. Last year, when Holy Ship was about to depart, deputies arrested two dozen passengers. They were charged for possession of marijuana, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

January 8 - Nippon Maru, Master Suspended (alcohol use)
Maritime Executive reports the master has been suspended after the vessel's allision with a U.S. Navy fuel pier at Apra, Guam (see 31 December 2018). MOL's passenger division, Mitsui OSK Passenger Line, is looking into the cause of the accident. It has suspended the vessel's master until the inquiry is complete, citing the company drug and alcohol policy.

January 7 - Riviera (Oceania), Drug bust (crew)
Cruise Law News reports a crew member was arrested at Port of Miami for smuggling cocaine when the ship called at port in Miami on January 2, 2019. The Miami Herald reports that Wilford Thobourne was arrested for smuggling three and a half pounds of cocaine which he concealed in the soles of his sandals and in his crotch under five pair of shorts and underwear in his pants. Mr. Thobourne’s Facebook page indicates that he is from Johannesburg, South Africa.

January 4 - Radiance OTS, PAX death snorkeling
From a reader: (CruiseMapper emailed incident) An anonymous passenger (Australian) reported that on December 27, 2018, while Radiance of the Seas, was docked at Mystery Island (Vanuatu), a male passenger drowned ashore. The man (Tim) was traveling together with his wife and 4 children."The Marine Area Command are waiting for the cause of death, so they can determine if they need to review the ship's responsibility on the day. The waters were dangerous for snorkelling that day - no "duty of care" from the cruise staff. Strong currents and undertow from ship's stabilizer contributed to this incident" The incident occurred during 12-day South Pacific Islands holiday cruise (itinerary December 21 - January 2) round trip from homeport Sydney.

January 3 - Viking Orion, Delayed docking (wind)
NZ Herald reports wind has been blamed for the late docking at the Port of Napier on Wednesday. It's maiden Napier berthing was on December 27, and was on time for its scheduled 10am berthing on Wednesday when according to numerous Westshore and Ahuriri shipwatchers it pulled out of its approach but returned and berthed an hour to 90 minutes later. A Napier Port spokesperson said the berthing had to be delayed because of safety issues posed by the winds. MetService reported the strongest gust at Napier Airport in the hour to 10am was 46km/h, while the maximum in the next hour was 44km/h.

January 2 - Riviera (Oceania), Delayed docking (crew death)
Crew Centre reports the sudden death of Giuliano De Cicco who fell from the deck of a cruise ship docked in the Port Miami reports the Italian media. Giuliano De Cicco, age 38, was working as Assistant Destination Manager on Oceania Cruises ship Riviera. According to Italian news sources, Giuliano fell from the bridge on Deck 10 while Oceania Riviera was docked in Port Miami. A crew member working on Oceania Riviera sent us a message saying that Giuliano fell from Deck 16, Forward  Starboard side where the golf field is located. “He fell on the pier and security from Miami they saw that. But he was already dead. “says the crew member. Immediately after the incident, Code Mike (medical emergency code used by Oceania Cruises) was sounded on the ship's loudspeakers. The cruise ship delayed for two hours embarkation of new passengers.

Events 2018